Since 1989, Chuy's has supported the Austin Police Department's Operation Blue Santa Program, which provides toys and food for local families in need during the holiday season. Prior to the Covid pandemic, we collected over a quarter of a million toys for the children of Central Texas. Over the past two holiday seasons, Chuy's has raised $300,000 for Operation Blue Santa. We could not have done this without the generous support of our customers and the Austin community.
We will not be hosting the Chuy's Children Giving to Children Parade this year. We will continue our fundraising efforts and toy drive collections at our Austin-area restaurants beginning this fall. We are also excited to announce that we are the Title Sponsor of the Trail of Lights Fun Run that will return to Zilker Park on Saturday, December 3. We are excited to partner with another great community event that will allow us to collect toys and raise money for Operation Blue Santa.
Operation Blue Santa needs our help now more than ever to serve over 8,000 local families, many of whom have been dramatically impacted by the pandemic. Our goal this year is to raise over $150,000 and to collect as many toys as we can for their program. We will update our information as we get more details finalized, so make sure to check back often. If you want to donate now, you can click the DONATE button below or visit bluesanta.org. Thank you again for always supporting Chuy's and Operation Blue Santa.